TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan has registered its first US-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) in more than 10 years, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported Thursday (August 30).
The Justice Ministry accredited a local branch of the Washington-based American Councils for International Education, which implements US educational programmes and exchanges worldwide.
Uzbek Deputy Justice Minister Akbar Tashkulov presented the certificate of registration to US Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen, local media reported Thursday.
"The first US-connected NGO ever registered in Uzbekistan since 2006. My congrats," tweeted Uzbek Ambassador to the United States Javlon Vakhabov.
The move "demonstrates the growing strategic partnership between the United States and Uzbekistan, and the government of Uzbekistan's commitment to meaningful reform and international engagement", US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in Washington Wednesday (August 29), according to a State Department transcript.